Historical Glimpses: Unpublished Photos Reveal Untold Stories

By Sophia Maddox | April 13, 2024

A 20-year-old Nick Nolte was arrested in Omaha for selling counterfeit draft cards in 1961.

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you've never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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In this 1961 mugshot, the first of Nick Nolte’s two arrests, the would-be actor looks a lot more clean-cut than he does in his 2002 mugshot (seriously, Google it). It was that wholesome image that spared Nolte a lengthy prison sentence when he was arrested in 1961 for selling counterfeit draft cards. His conviction carried a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison, but a kindly judge took pity on the young man in the button-down shirt and crew cut. The judge worked out a deal so Nolte could attend classes at the local community college in the mornings, spend his afternoons at football practice, then spend his evenings in a jail cell. 

Peter Mayhew and Carrie Fisher having fun during the filming of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

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The British actor who played the role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films was Peter Mayhew, shown here goofing around with his co-star Carrie Fisher. Mayhew was a natural to play the giant, hairy, space alien sidekick to Han Solo. At 7 feet, 3 inches in height, Mayhew towered over Fisher and his other Star Wars co-stars, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. That’s because he suffered from gigantism. He was diagnosed with the disease as a child. It caused his unusual growth, but also created mobility issues for him later in life. During the filming of The Force Awakens, Mayhew relied on a wheelchair most of the time.